It's Monday! What Are You Reading? has rolled around once again.
This week I have a few books left from last week plus a few newbies.
I'm still working my way through Adam Spencer's fabulous Big Book of Numbers. But I haven't started the Malouf or Best Australian Science Writing 2014 (tch, tch!)
Instead I read a wonderfully engaging free-range read about Sydney (see review below).
Sunday evening usually sees me playing around with book choices for the week. I try a few bits and pieces & see which one sticks.
This week we have these contenders....
The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick (Australian/teen/YA/verse novel)
Shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Award 2001 & The NSW Premiers Literary Award 2001.
of his life with his alcoholic, abusive father, sixteen-year-old Billy
packs a few belongings and hits the road, hoping for something better
than what he left behind. He finds a home in an abandoned freight train
outside a small town, where he falls in love with rich, restless Caitlin
and befriends a fellow train resident, "Old Bill," who slowly reveals a
tragic past. When Billy is given a gift that changes everything, he
learns not only to how forge his own path in life, but the real meaning
The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day (Australian, crime)
Bannister, writing 'the bestseller of the century' is dead at his
computer, a murder so perfect that Claudia Valentine smells a rat and
wants it caught. The chase leads deep into the murky underworld of
Sydney. Bright, tough Claudia must play a deadly high-tech game of cat
and rat with a corrupt menacing crime lord.
A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair #1) by Sulari Gentill (Australian, crime series)
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.
Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia's 1930s the
Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent
Even with thousands of unemployed lining the
streets, Rowland's sheltered world is one of exorbitant wealth, culture
and impeccable tailoring. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge
his artistic passions and friends ... a poet, a painter and a brazen
Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution.
The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett (Australian/Teen/YA)
Winner CBCA Book of the Year Older Readers Award (2008)
sky was pitch, and gashed by lightning; loutish waves rose and slumped
heavily as mudslides. At a moment when she was filled with desperation,
Maddy opened her mouth and yelled for Feather. And half-expected him to
appear, because she wanted him so much.
Maddy yearns for life to
be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on
the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.
The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.
The Classics Club spin was spun last Monday...and this time around it's lucky number #13.
Which means that I will be reading Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh before Jan 2015.
Until then, happy reading!